Psalms 113


Psalms 113:1-9 . God's majesty contrasted with His condescension and gracious dealings towards the humble furnish matter and a call for praise. The Jews, it is said, used this and Psalms 114-118 on their great festivals, and called them the Greater Hallel, or Hymn.

1-3. Earnestness and zeal are denoted by the emphatic repetitions.
servants of the Lord--or, all the people of God.
name of the Lord--perfections ( Psalms 5:11 , 111:9 ).

3. From the rising, &c.--all the world.

4-6. God's exaltation enhances His condescension;

7, 8. which condescension is illustrated as often in raising the worthy poor and needy to honor (compare 1 Samuel 2:8 , Psalms 44:25 ).

9. On this special case, compare 1 Samuel 2:21 . Barrenness was regarded as a disgrace, and is a type of a deserted Church ( Isaiah 54:1 ).
the barren woman . . . house--literally, "the barren of the house," so that the supplied words may be omitted.